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Which One is the Salad Finger? October 19, 2006

Posted by KG in Dhaka, Food, Friends.

Last night I went to an iftar celebration with my consular colleagues, both locally hired and Foreign Service.  We sat at a long table, passing jokes down the line, teasing their children for being shy, their husbands for eating so many gulab jamuns they were going to get fat, digging into Indian food with relish, toasting the sunset and what is, in many ways, the most festive holiday here in Bangladesh, Eid al Fitr.  That warm feeling of being with a second family set in, and despite not fasting during roja myself, it became obvious how important the holiday was for my friends. 

One thing did bug me though.  An abnormal proportion of my colleagues actuallu ate with a knife and fork.  The effeteness! Appalling!  We’re having lamb bhoona with veggie tharkari and naan, people.  Knife and fork?  Its a slippery slope.  One day it’s just innocently cutting meat from a bone, and the next thing you know you’ve got a special fork for fish (with the requisite tweezers for removing pin bones) and a spoon that you can only use with one specific type of daal.  Not for me, thank you very much.  Besides, eating with your hands is so much more fun.  So what if the waiters looked at me if I was straight from the village?  Snobs, the lot of them.



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